Ryan Smith

Staff Writer

Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who joined the AwardWallet team in 2021 but has been around points and miles for several years. After someone at his hostel in China said “I flew here for free using points,” Ryan was hooked. Ryan is on a mission to visit every country in the world and recently passed the 150 mark.
His wife joins him on many of his trips, and they enjoy snowboarding, diving, and seeing animals in the wild. When not traveling, Ryan is probably answering questions from his family about how he travels so much and whether all of this is illegal.

IHG Promotions: 3x Points, 6k Points for Cardholders; 5k Bonus After 2 Nights; and 10k Bonus After 2 Stays

IHG current promotion offers 3x points on stays through the end of the year. Plus, there’s a targeted promotion for 5,000 bonus points after staying two nights in January or to earn 10,000 bonus points for staying twice. All of these are straightforward, simple ways to add extra points to your IHG Rewards stash. Here are the details plus how to register (which is required).

Buy Finnair Points with a 100% Bonus (0.7¢), Plus Get Oneworld Elite Status

Through December 27, 2021, you can buy Finnair Plus points at 0.7¢ each. Plus, you’ll get elite status tier points for buying points through this promotion. That opens a path to top-tier elite status. You could effectively buy your way to top-tier Oneworld Emerald status with one purchase. But is it worth it? Here’s a look at the costs and requirements.

Emirates Skywards+ Subscription Plans Are Worth a Look

Emirates recently launched Skywards+ subscription plans. While this originally elicited a big yawn from me, reading the details makes it more interesting. The math on this might surprise you. Here are the details of the available plans and how they might be useful to even periodic Emirates travelers.

Airlines That Still Allow Free Changes on Award Bookings

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines began allowing free changes on award bookings and cash tickets. Some of them have friendlier policies than others. Moreover, some of these policies are permanent, while others are temporary. Here’s a look at how avoid change fees on your award bookings.